Caribbean cruise ends with inferno

24th Mar 2006

A fire apparently started by a cigarette broke out on the Star Princess cruise in the Caribbean. One passenger is dead, 11 people injured and at least 100 rooms have scorched. The cruise ship owned by Carnival Corp was carrying 2,690 passengers and 1,123 crew members showed evidence of the blaze as it pulled into Montego Bay’s port.

According to the Associated Press 85 exterior cabins were blackened from the fire and metal was twisted—evidence of the heat of the blaze.

Passengers grabbed life jackets after the fire started about 3 a.m. local time.

The crew put out the fire, then did a cabin-by-cabin search to check for victims to make sure everyone was safe.

The Star Princess was sailing from Grand Cayman to Jamaica when the blaze started.


It was reported to have been built at a cost of more $430 million, it has four swimming pools, a half-dozen restaurants and dining rooms, a casino, two theatres and several nightclubs. It stretches about three football fields long.

The Star Princess sailed from Fort Lauderdale on March 19.

The ship is not seriously damaged and would sail back to Fort Lauderdale this Friday.



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